Monthly Archives: April 2007

My Stomach Revives

It is great that my stomach is well now. The medicine of the clinic is far better than that of the Tri-Service General Hospital. I got blood drawing and intravenous drip in the hospital, but I suffered from diarrhea after every meal! The morning after going to the clinic, all symptoms were alleviated.

The best thing after this enterogastritis is–I can eat everything I want. So terrific! I don’t have to worry whether it is too greasy or over-sauced. Health is really important!


Virginia Tech Shooting

Apr 17, 2007,美國Virginia Tech傳出驚人的校園攻擊事件,除了震驚,還有點怕怕的,因為以後可能要去美國念書,校園環境的安全很難把關,什麼時候會發生什麼事真是無法預料,就像我之前寫的The Transience of Life或是生命無常

Two-Hour Delay Is Linked to Bad Lead
BLACKSBURG, Va., April 17 — The police identified Cho Seung-Hui, a 23-year-old student, as the killer of 32 people in the shooting rampage at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute, releasing new information on Tuesday about the troubled mind of a young man few people on campus knew.

不過,同樣的邏輯,在台灣不一定就比較安全,
還是告訴自己以前聽過的一句話吧:「這是上帝最好的安排。」
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[Fwd] 政大社會系黃厚銘老師給大家的信

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同學們,

我離開台灣、來倫敦進修的生活,已經漸漸步入尾聲了。過去這段日子,不再需要忙碌於教學、研究,也使得我有機會抽離地看待過去幾年在學校裡的所見所聞。但距離越遠,卻也讓我越加焦慮於系上、學校、乃至於台灣學術體制短視地追求效率及實證主義獨霸的走向。身為大學時期追隨流行而轉入社會學領域的我,我很清楚兼容並蓄、百花爭鳴的開放態度、以及理論思考的魅力,才是當時社會學之所以能夠吸引各式學科背景的人帶槍投靠、並在校園裡帶動風潮的原因。而今,越來越建置化的台灣社會學主流,卻寧可將這樣的學術地位拱手讓給在他們眼中不夠嚴謹、紮實的文化研究。但相對於對現有學術體制走向的疑慮,其實我更焦慮的是,做為未來台灣社會中堅的你們,現在就已經呈現出來的老態:現實、自私、冷漠、疏離。我在你們身上越來越看不到理想性,這讓我對未來感到悲觀。但我並不絕望,所以我決定動筆寫這封信。我所要說的是,其實社會學、乃至於政大社會學系在校園裡、在社會上的地位如何,不只身為老師的我們有責任,你們也有責任。
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Inspiratin from Great Scholars

In the statistics class today, the last class before the mid term, Mr. Su digressed again. But to me, those issues are not digression; they are something more important. They are all about sociology: not theories or statistics, but issues viewed and discussed from a sociological eye.

Today, he describes more about his vocation as a sociologist and his passion for knowledge and social welfare. He also mentioned two excellent scholars: Peter Blau and 林南.

Peter Blau is amazing that he was bad at algebra but contributed a lot to statistics and sociology. He was ineloquent but provident. Hope I can read his works as soon as possible.

林南, a distinguished research fellow in Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica and a professor in Duke University. He was one of the students Peter Blau chose after The Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 (I use the info from English Wikipedia because the Chinese one is meager and controversial). I am looking forward to his speech tomorrow!


Critical Thinking

有critical thinking是好事,
但可怕的是,有些人只有一點點的critical thinking,
無法跳脫思想框架,無法擺脫迷思,無法面對真相,
或是有選擇的critical,只選擇自己最能critical的部份,
矛盾的地方就忽視不提。

這種人是可怕的,尤其是個對大眾有影響的人,
宣稱自己很critical,又對外鼓吹critical thinking是必須的,
他們教導不完全的critical thinking,
而當別人提出質疑時,往往停留在現況,
不願思索自己的thinking是否真的不是那麼的critical。

Be critical, also be modest.


終於拿到書卷獎

Oh–My–God!
我終於拿到書卷獎了~~

四上的成績總算擠進了前6%,
(四下不確定有沒有)
原本認為書卷是難以企及的,之前始終進不了前10名,
不過上學期修的課大都是外系的,
(外文系的課很難90分以上,且評分較主觀)
其中3門課又是大班,認真準備的話較容易拿高分。

成績剛出來時,看到平均90以上,我已經很滿意了,
打破7個學期以來的記錄了,
想著:「會有希望拿書卷嗎?應該還有很多人分數比我高吧」
不過,還是真的很希望大學四年能拿一次書卷。

隔了幾個星期後的今天,
看到自己的名字在名單上
第一剎那的喜悅很難用言語形容,
“I did it!” first came out of my mouth.

但,成績、名次只是個階段性的証明,
只有短暫、相對上的意義。
我還要繼續努力,還有一學期,還有托福,還有申請學校,
還有很多挑戰等著我,繼續加油!
You can make it! Go for it!